48 posts tagged "Derek Lam"
Lest you should stay in one night this week, tonight is the opening party for Derek Lam’s first boutique in the quaintly cobblestoned but retail-hot micro-neighborhood that we’ll call CroHo. (That’s for the T-junction formed by Crosby and Howard streets.) The space is minimal, airy, and slightly trippy, with the 2,800 square feet divvied up by curving sweeps of aquarium glass. It was designed by starchitects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA, whose only other New York project is the New Museum. “In both the New Museum and Derek Lam, we wanted to bring refined elements into the rough texture of the surrounding city in a way that blended naturally,” says Sejima, who was literally Lam’s first client. (She bought a black double-breasted trench from Fall 2004.) Thus, the modernist glass walls and poured concrete floor play off the original brick walls of the nineteenth-century building. By July, Lam and his staff will be moving to Crosby Street as well. “I always wanted to have it like a European house where the store is downstairs and the atelier is above,” says Lam. That means that the Soho resident will be able to walk to work, thereby fulfilling yet another New York dream.
Fresh off a plane from L.A., where he was the man of the hour at a Tod’s luncheon to benefit Couture Cares last week, Derek Lam co-hosted a ladies’ lunch at Christie’s today. After perusing casefuls of jewels to be auctioned off later this spring, Lydia Fenet, BJ Topol-Blum, Dayssi Olarte de Kanavos, and other uptown types adjourned to a second-floor boardroom to watch an abridged version of Lam’s Fall collection, accessorized with yet more baubles from the upcoming sale. We sat next to the designer’s partner, Jan Hendrik-Schlottmann, who gave us an update on Lam’s new store, which, contrary to the taxi ads you might’ve spotted around town, is not yet open. The delay, he explained, is due to pods—designed by Sanaa, the Japanese firm behind the New Museum, and built in Las Vegas—that are the main architectural feature of the store. Believe it or not, the weather has been too awful to ship them across the country. As if those giant pods aren’t temptation enough to make the trek down to Crosby Street (the store is adjacent to Jil Sander and across the street from the still-under-construction Mondrian Hotel), he also said that they’ve hired the sales staff from Linda Dresner, the fabulous Madison Avenue boutique that closed its doors earlier this year. We’ll be expecting some special one-on-one attention when we use the generous gift card we were delighted to find next to our place card.
What: Body Conservative
Why: A word, ladies. I get Balmain. I get super-short. I get cutouts,
and corsetry, and bondage straps, and body-con in general. The stuff looks awesome on the runway and swell at a party, and there’s a Camille Paglian force to the whole trend, a “use it or lose it” take on sexuality that’s both liberating and provoking. Who hasn’t, at some point or other, wished she could be the woman in a Helmut Newton photo? I’ve wished for that, sure. But now to the qualms. Every time I play around with this look, my mother’s voice comes screaming out of my head: “You’re wearing that?” What I’m saying is, there’s a fine line between sass and crass. Jeffrey Monteiro’s washed pique cotton dress in indigo stays safely on the right side of that line—garden party gamine from the front, it pivots to reveal a winking cutout in the back. And like all the ex-Mayle/ex-Derek Lam designer’s clothes, the dress has a shrugged-on panache that suggests the woman wearing it has no need for flash. I can’t imagine my mother objecting.
Where: $475, at Stuart & Wright, 875 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, and Barneys New York locations.
With campaigns for Givenchy and MaxMara in the bag—not to mention an extensive list of bookings this season—Ford’s Lakshmi Menon is one of 2009′s hottest models. Style.com caught up with the stunner from South India on one of her many sleep-deprived days of New York fashion week.
Here, we track her hour by hour.
Backstage at Badgley Mischka, Menon carries on a digital dialogue with her agent via BlackBerry (an accessory as necessary to a model’s wardrobe as a chic carryall) while getting her makeup done. “It’s part of the job, staying calm,” she says. “The tough part is Paris fashion week, when you’re done with New York, London, Milan, and you’re completely worn out and people start pulling and tugging at your hair—that’s the real test.”
Menon slips into her first look—a black wool coat, elbow-length gloves, and black platforms. “I’m going to test the shoes out,” she announces. “Just to make sure they’re not going to slip off.” Cue professional sashay.
One of the first three girls in the lineup, Menon talks shop with
Georgina Stojilkovic and Sessilee Lopez. They debate hair extensions. Consensus: Horrible.
Show over, Lakshmi dons her street clothes—skinny jeans, black riding boots, and a T-shirt. “Quick and easy,” she says of the show. “That’s how I like most things to be. You prepare for almost two hours and then you’re on the runway for exactly 30 seconds and it’s over. That’s about as glamorous as it gets.”
En route to Derek Lam, Menon hits traffic. “I don’t think there are any parties this season,” she says. “Everyone’s broke.” Plunking away on her BlackBerry, she makes plans for dinner that night at an Indian restaurant with friends. “It’s difficult to do the party thing, anyway, especially when you’re working. I mean, you finish shows at 8 or 8:30 in the evening and you’re kind of tired, you know? I prefer to give my body a rest.”
Backstage at Derek Lam, a cramped labyrinth of rooms and corridors, Menon lands in the hands of famed makeup artist Tom Pecheux. “Tell them I’ll do the interview later,” Pecheux tells his PR rep, referring to a line of foreign journalists. “I have the golden girl here now.” He smiles adoringly in the makeup mirror at Lakshmi.
Menon has a few bites of a ham and mozzarella sandwich. “Feeling sleepy,” she says from her chair. Pecheux finishes her face and she’s led over to hair guru Orlando Pita. Menon’s locks are swept into a high ponytail, the better to show off the collection’s high collars.
Menon gets into her first look for Lam: A taupe double-knit dress with a single fox ring round the neck.